I wanted to use open source [free] software when ever possible. I am really excited to find Celtx. Celtx is an all around software to handle the pre-production of media projects. They have project templates for Film, Audio-Visual, Theatre, Audio Play, Storyboard, Comic Book and Novel.
I will be using the Storyboard template as well as maybe the Film template to put this all together. I will be able to write the script and storyboard the scenes, develop characters.
I really like the storboard template. You can work out the camera directions and also play the storyboard back like a movie when you are done.
Below is a screenshot
They also have a sketch feature so you can work out your camera moves or stage direction.
This is going to be very helpful, and best of all it is free. I really love open source programs, especially ones like this that have been developed to this extent.
Ktoon seems to be mainly for Linux. I went to their website which seems to be mostly in Spanish you can click the English tab, however it seems several languages were mixed together, which made reading the website hard. I went to the user video example gallery and there was 1 video posted. Now if the software was easy to use, you would think there would be a large number of videos from users, since after all it is free. I also searched youtube for examples and I did find a few, mostly stick men type animations. I did not find very many tutorials either, so I will pass on this one.
Synfig looks promising, however doing research I notice that it does not handle sound. Now for music and such that should not be a problem, however for lip-sync I would think it would raise a lot of problems. How can you animate the lip-sync without being able to work with it in the animation program? Synfig had much more examples, both on youtube and on the main website.
Below is a Synfig eye animation, I think it looks very good. However, not having audio in the program makes me Leary.
Pencil seems to have a pretty good following. However, pencil is a frame by frame animation software. I was hoping to use the power of the computer to do the in between frames. So I will keep looking.